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Wednesday, 24 July, 2002, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Wright agrees Everton move
Richard Wright (left) and David Seaman
Wright (left) has played second fiddle to David Seaman
Arsenal's Richard Wright has agreed to join Everton in a 4.5m deal.

Wright switched to Arsenal for 6m from Ipswich a year ago but wanted a transfer to earn more first-team football.

The 24-year-old will join for an initial fee of 3.5m, rising to 4.5m depending on appearances.

Wright agreed personal terms and passed a medical on Tuesday and is set to put pen to paper on Thursday.

He could make his debut for Everton in their pre-season tour game against Dunfermline on Saturday.

England hopes

"We're delighted that Richard has agreed to join," Everton chief executive Michael Dunford told the club's website.

"And when everything is complete, he will travel to Scotland to join up with the first team squad."

Wright's agent said that playing regular Premiership football and recapturing his place in the England squad were the reasons behind his decision to move.

"For him it was not about money or anything," said Jonathan Barnett.

"It was purely about playing football and hopefully now he will go on to become the England goalkeeper."

Everton turned their attention to Wright after boss David Moyes was forced to admit defeat in his attempt to sign Derby's Estonian keeper Mart Poom.

Wright's chances of being an Arsenal first-team regular diminished when David Seaman signed a one-year contract extension with the London club.

He played just 12 Premiership matches in a total of 22 appearances for Arsenal last season.

Wright's appearances were also limited by misfortune - he was prevented from taking advantage of Seaman's long absence with a shoulder problem, suffering an injury of his own at the same time.

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